Are you looking for new taste sensations? Bored of the same old, same old? Try some of these strange but delicious weird food combos.
You have to wonder what the people who first tried them were thinking of, but if it weren’t for these brave food pioneers, we wouldn’t have all of these delicious and strange taste combinations to enjoy.
Next time you’re looking to shake things up at mealtimes, have a look at this list and get inspired to try some new taste experiences!
Chocolate and Avocado
This is great for making vegan chocolate mousse. The chocolate masks most of the avocado taste, but avocado adds a richness and silky-smooth texture to this delicious dish.
Strawberry and Basil
Sweet strawberries and a pungent herb that you can smell a mile off? A strange combination, but one that works so well. The sweetness of strawberries is complemented by the strong taste of basil, and you can make great strawberry lemonade with these two ingredients.
Mango and Peanut Butter
The juicy, sweet mango pairs brilliantly with the nutty, salty peanut butter. Try this combo on toast for breakfast or lunch.
Cheese and Sauerkraut
The acidity of the sauerkraut perfectly balances the richness of the cheese. This is delicious with hotdogs, but next time you put out a cheeseboard, add a big side helping of sauerkraut to go with it.
Blue Cheese and Medjool Dates
Continuing the cheese theme, try a blue cheese with dates. The sweet and juicy medjool dates pairs beautifully with the strong and salty flavour of blue cheese.
Olive Oil and Ice Cream
This may sound seriously gross, but it’s actually seriously good – the perfect mixture of savoury and sweet. This dish is very popular in Italy, and for good reason.
Strawberries and Tomatoes
This is the second strawberry entry on the list, and it sounds super-weird. It is, however, delicious, as the sweetness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with acidic tomatoes in salads and on bruschetta.
Dark Chocolate and Parmesan Cheese
You have to try these two melted together on a sandwich before you pass judgement. We bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Chocolate and Soy Sauce
The saltiness of soy sauce heightens the flavour of chocolate, so try dipping some chocolate in soy sauce next time, or drizzling some soy sauce over a slice of chocolate cake.
Pomegranate and Pork Chops
Actually, all meat goes with pomegranate, not just pork chops. You can sprinkle the seeds on top of the finished meat dish, or try marinating with pomegranate juice or molasses.
Cheese and Jam
Sweet jam and savoury cheese are a perfect match in a sandwich – even better if you grill the sandwiches to melt the cheese.
Apples and Houmous
Mix it up a bit by serving apple slices alongside your carrot sticks for dipping in houmous.
Chips (Fries) With Honey
An unhealthy, but tasty, sweet and salty indulgence!
Banana and Bacon
Sweet and creamy banana meets salty, fatty bacon = heaven on a plate.
Vegemite and Avocado
This weird taste combination is very popular on toast as a breakfast food in Australia, where they love their Vegemite spread. The salty spread brings out the subtle taste of the avocado.
Lemon Juice and Chips (Fries)
This will sound weird to lovers of tomato ketchup on their chips, but the acidity of the lemon juice cuts through the greasiness of the chips. It’s just like vinegar, but lemon-scented!
Noodles on Bread
This is very popular in Japan, where they team stir-fried noodles with a bread roll for some starch on starch goodness. What’s not to like?
More carb on carb food action here, in Scotland’s tasty offering of cooked macaroni cheese wrapped in Scottish recipe pie pastry. It shouldn’t work, but it does.